Probably 18th century
Object Place: Islamic World
Height x diameter: 4.7 x 6.7 cm (1 7/8 x 2 5/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Fritware, painted over white slip, with a transparent glaze.
Not On View
A handleless cup in fine, pale buff fritware, covered in white slip and decorated in blue under a transparent glaze. Outside, the cup’s design is outlined and filled in a blue varying in density, and bordered at the foot by a double line. The design divides the exterior into six panels. Three of these have a blue ground with a scale-filled suspended cone and four corners (all achieved by areas of reserve white and use of darker blue lines.) These alternate with three white panels with a zig-zag border and a row of three joined diamonds.
The cup has a probable artist’s mark underneath, of a star formed by four intersecting lines, that occurs often in the literature.
Bought in Florence for $2.00
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales